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Argentum (Mahr)

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr


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Subtitle: An Overture for Band


General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Just as an anniversary provides time for quiet reflection of the past and optimistic dreams for the future, Argentum is constructed in a similar manner. The work opens with bold, strong rhythms and cheerful melodies, while the middle of the piece is calm and introspective. The opening themes return to close the piece majestically.

- Program Note from publisher


Commissioned by the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association in observance of their twenty-first anniversary.

- Program Note from score


The title originates from a Latin root which evolved from an ancient poetic synonym for silver; it has since become a symbol for 25th anniversaries.

The overture begins and ends with bold rhythms and cheerful melodies, contrasted by a calm and introspective middle section. The structure is reminiscent of a 25th anniversary celebration, with its quiet reflection on the past and optimistic plans for the future.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Media

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State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Nebraska Intercollegiate Band (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 8 March 1986 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Mahr, T. (1987). Argentum [score]. N.A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 398.